The British monarchy itself is also overwhelmingly popular. Polls over the last few weeks show 76-86% of the British public support keeping the UK’s head of state a hereditary affair.
But here’s the thing: ICM asked whether Prince Charles should become King when the Queen dies, or whether the crown should skip him and go to William instead. By 48% to 39%, the public said William should become King.
But that isn’t how a hereditary system works. Charles doesn’t have to win an election to become King – he’s the next one. In theory he could stand aside, but every indication has been that he won’t.
So there’s a contradiction: A huge majority of the population say they want to keep selecting heads of state by the hereditary principle; yet a big plurality of them also say they don’t want the person who is next in line in the hereditary principle to become the head of state.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Publicada por Miguel Madeira em 05:25